Scottish herring sustainably fished

The latest advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) shows that herring caught off the west coast of Scotland is being sustainably fished.

West of Scotland herring has been managed under a long term plan for the stock since 2008, which has ensured the stock has remained above precautionary limits and is fished at a level below recommended targets for maximum sustainable yield.

West of Scotland herring already has Marine Stewardship Council certification, which was awarded last year.

ICES advises that an overall total allowable catch of 28,067 tonnes should be set for West of Scotland herring in 2014, which represents a 2% increase on this year’s recommendation. Herring catching traditionally runs during the summer season and it is Scotland’s second most valuable herring fishery, estimated to be worth around £8m this year.

Ian Gatt, chief executive of the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association, said: “This latest advice confirms the commitment of Scottish fishermen in taking care of the herring stock by adopting a carefully formulated plan to ensure long-term sustainable catching.”

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